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Naushad Merali Net Worth

Glusea brings to you Naushad Merali net worth. He is one of the richest men in Kenya according to Forbes. Naushad Merali net worth is $400 million.

Naushad N. Merali, CBS  is the founder of the Kenyan mobile service provider Kencell along with French media giant Vivendi. He attended Highway Secondary School in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya. As one of Kenya’s leading industrialists, Merali has brought commercial development in Kenya for more than 30 years and is constantly expanding his businesses throughout East Africa.


WPH Kenya Tea Company

From the 1980s to March 2005, Merali was the director of the now-defunct W.P.H. Kenya Tea company.

Bharti Airtel Kenya

In 2004, he managed to purchase 60% ownership of the business from Vivendi for $230 million.  Merali would transfer ownership only an hour later to Celtel for a $20 million profit. While owning 5% of Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan wireless phone operations.

Sameer Group

Merali spends his time steering the affairs of the Sameer Group. The Sameer Group is a conglomerate of 15 Kenyan companies that range from financial services to agriculture and even information technology. Three of these companies appear on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and Merali is worth $210 million as of 2 November 2011.


He is reported to have shares in the Commercial Bank of Africa as of 2003. Merali’s purchase of the Grand Regency Hotel during that year caused a lot of controversy in the Kenya area.

Merali also holds positions at the Kenya Export Promotion Council, the International Who’s Who of Professionals, and the National Investment Council of Kenya.

 The President of Kenya has appointed him to positions such as membership in the Kenya Export Promotion Council, membership in The National Poverty Eradication Commission of Kenya, and membership in The Presidential Committee on Employment.

He appeared at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos as one of the African delegates along – making him one of the three Kenyan delegates. As of September 2011, Kenya Data Networks – one of his business ventures – is facing financial problems and the shareholders are ready to cause a shakedown in the entire management team.  These financial problems came to fruition by 2013 when Merali relinquished control of the company.

In 2012, Merali invested in construction. Two of Merali’s former firms, Kenya Data Networks and Swift Global are in the process of being merged into Great Britain’s Liquid Telecoms as of February 2013. Many executive positions could be declared redundant as a result of this multinational merger. Both retail and wholesale services for the lower end of the consumer spectrum were provided by both of these firms as individual companies; as rival Internet service provider Safaricom already had a firm grasp on the upper end of the market.

Since the inaugural ranking of Forbes list of Africa’s richest in 2011, Meralli has ranked among top 3 richest people in Kenya, and among 40 richest in Africa 5 times. In 2015 he ranked 3rd richest in kenya and 48th in Africa with a net worth of $370 million. In 2014 he ranked 2nd richest in Kenya with a net worth of $550 million. In 2013 he ranked 2nd in kenya with a net worth of $430 million.

In 2012 second richest with a net worth of $410 million. In the inaugural ranking of Africa’s richest he ranked 3rd richest in Kenya with a net worth of $210 million

Merali’s ancestors were believed to have emigrated from the state of Gujarat in what is now known as India. His mother’s maiden name is assumed to be Patel; a surname occupied by famous Indian businessmen and 33% of all American mid-sized hotel owners.

His wife is Zarin Merali, who is a director for the Kenyan Paraplegic Organization. She is also an interior design consultant.

Naushad Merali Net Worth

Based on annual Forbes ranking of Africa’s richest in Kenya Meralli is the third richest man in Kenya and 48th richest man in Africa with a net worth of $370 million, as of November 2015. Ranking behind Bhimji Depar Shah and family kenya’s richest with a net worth of $700m who ranked 31st richest man in africa as of November 2015 and Narendra Raval of Devki group who ranked second richest in Kenya with a net worth of $400 million